Residential & Student Life

RESIDENTIAL & STUDENT LIFE

A-4 Advisory Re-Imagined: A Blended Model Approach
December 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Residential & Student Life
A model that incorporates organic conversation that builds relationships between advisor and student, provides support by health professionals to address the ‘tough topics’ as well as opportunities for academic support and guidance. Through advisory teams, organized training specific to the role of an advisor, and a focus on student’s visible well-being, we will share our blended model to inspire others who are looking for ways to diversify their program.
Kristy Onclin, Head of House, Ridley College, ON

A-14 The Rez Life Passport: An Innovative Way to Engage Students in Community Programming
December 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Residential & Student Life

A-16 Gender, Education, and Our Coordinate Model
December 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
Residential & Student Life
The Webb Schools run under a coordinate model: Webb School of California for boys and Vivian Webb School for girls. Recently, we adopted Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students guidelines and we are examining our boarding program, especially the dorm structure based on recommendations from our recent accreditation process. This session will describe our schools’ histories, share research, and describe work we are doing around gender and pedagogy to ensure equitable outcomes for all.
Mark Dzula, Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, The Webb Schools, CA
Theresa Smith, Assistant Head of Schools, The Webb Schools, CA

B-4 Overhauling Substance Policies: Vaping Inspirations!
December 6 • 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Residential & Student Life
A multidisciplinary team of student life faculty and administrators will take you through our school’s decision on how to best address current trends and the rapidly changing landscape of substance use in adolescents. Hear how this new reality sparked our team to reconsider various parts of our school’s policy and practice surrounding substance use. Dive into the disciplinary considerations, as well as the peaks & pitfalls of a school-wide shift in the stance on this new substance threat. We will also share our unique and comprehensive approach to meaningfully educating and supporting students and families when it comes to substance use.
Adrianna Bravo, Medical Director, Episcopal High School, VA
Ashley Taylor, Dean of Students, Episcopal High School, VA
Lucy Goldstein, Director of Residential Life, Episcopal High School, VA
Ben Courchesne, Associate Dean of Students , Episcopal High School, VA
Ellen Albers, Co-Director Students Assistance Team, Episcopal High School, VA

B-8 Developing the Whole School Through Positive Education
December 6 • 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Residential & Student Life
How do we support the social and emotional learning of students given the paradoxical world they are growing up in? A coed day and boarding school will share its journey to shift the whole school philosophy with the implementation of Positive Education. Developing faculty, strategically allocating resources, making the case for philanthropic and parent support will be discussed. Evidence, practices and lessons learned will be shared.
Theresa Blake, Director, Positive Educationr, Appleby College, ON
Tom Karcz, Assistant Head of School, Wellbeing, Appleby College, ON

B-10 The Nuts and Bolts of Student Handbooks
December 6 • 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Residential & Student Life
This session offers an overview of key provisions that should be included in your school’s student handbook along with other recommended best practices and emerging trends. We will review legal and practical issues related to challenging topics such as searching cell phones, vaping, when to contact legal authorities, handling student mental health issues, sexual misconduct policies and more.
Julie Fay, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, CT
Leander Dolphin, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, CT

C-5 OMG – No Shopping This Weekend?!
December 6 • 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Residential & Student Life
Besant Hill School has embarked on a mission to push the boundaries of traditional learning, constrained by in-class curriculum. Through intentional collaboration with faculty, student engagement and commitment of resources, we are realizing our vision of a student activities platform that serves as a conduit for experience enhanced learning. This session will focus on the rationale, planning and delivery of an activities program that challenges students to extend their academic investment beyond the classroom.
Megan Walton, Assistant Head of School, Besant Hill School, CA
Shannon Rowan, Director of International Student Programs, Besant Hill School, CA

D-3 Schools vs. Juuls
December 7 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Residential & Student Life
Everyone is talking about vaping, Juuls and electronic delivery of nicotine and other substances. Effective deterrence comes down to education, policy, broad faculty support, healthy peer norming, a few creative measures and partnership between deans and wellness teams. Come and learn about the steps two boarding schools have taken to address this public health matter on their campuses and how they banded together with peer institutions to form a unified policy across schools.
Ryan Pagotto, Associate Head of School, Blair Academy, NJ
Ari Baum, Dean of Students, The Hill School, PA

D-9 Learning from Failure: Holding Ourselves Accountable for Student Discipline
December 7 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Residential & Student Life
Putting restorative justice and social emotional learning at the core of our accountability systems can transform the traditional boarding school model from a fear and punishment cycle to a more organic system of natural consequences. By examining best practices, sharing successes and failures, and using a healthy dose of humor, we will discuss ways to improve school retention rates, increase student engagement and provide avenues for increased student leadership.
Eric Turner, Dean Of Students, Dunn School, CA

D-10 The Efficacy of Student Life Programming in Boarding Schools
December 7 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Residential & Student Life
How do we measure the efficacy of Student Life programing? By volume or scope of programming? By number of substance related incidents? What is the meaning of what we are doing? The students want to know, and need to know, the WHY of our Student Life programs. In this session, participants will explore the WHY of Student Life programming, from the philosophical to the practical.
Amy Koudelka, Associate Director of College Counseling/Coordinator of Student Life Seminars, Virginia Episcopal School, VA
Matt Lafreniere, Associate Dean of Faculty, Virginia Episcopal School, VA

E-5 From Mission Statement to Daily Practice: Bringing Your Values to School Life
December 7 • 9:45am – 10:45am
Residential & Student Life
School mission statements are often motherhood principles that are not necessarily visible in our school programs. At Lakefield College School our mission’s seven corevalues are incorporated into our daily residential program and practice with the help of our new seven Values Advocates. Come with your school mission statement and core values, ready to explore ways that you too, can move from a philosophical mission statement to a daily integrated and collaborative values-based boarding school program.
Kerrie Hansler, Director of Residences , Lakefield College School, ON
Lorraine Brown, Director of Spiritual Wellness & Diversity, Lakefield College School, ON

E-11 Building Student Leadership Through Clubs
December 7 • 9:45am – 10:45am
Residential & Student Life
School clubs come in all shapes and sizes, most are built around common interest, some are affinity based, and others pertain to specific activities. Given the variety of reasons people come together to start a club there is no “right” way to guide or lead those groups, but there are some best practices. This interactive session will explore those practices while looking at a specific example in Tabor Academy’s Special Olympics Club.
Tim Cleary, Dean of Students, Tabor Academy, MA
Patti Doherty, Director of Schools and Youth Engagement, Special Olympics Massachusetts, MA

F-4 Cultural Responsiveness and Collaboration to Better Your Community
December 7 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
Residential & Student Life
When facing the ever-evolving arena of student and residential life, it can feel more like firefighting than programming. However, educators can improve their communities and schools strategically by exercising cultural responsiveness in a collaborative process. Using a cycle of surveying, analyzing, discussing, sharing, and acting, you can empower your students and staff while creating a culture of honesty, ownership, and critical thinking.
Nick Nowak, Director of Student Life, Cardigan Mountain School, NH

F-6 App and Out: The Tale of Transition from Paper to an Electronic Sign-Out System
December 7 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
Residential & Student Life
Do you know where your students are? Ensuring student safety is key. Transcending from paper clipboards into the digital age, hear how our school has successfully transitioned to an electronic (app based) system for monitoring student whereabouts and permissions. We will share the technological challenges faced, the behavioral and cultural implications for adaptation, what went well, and lessons learned.
Kirsten Blaesing, Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Initiatives, Chatham Hall, VA

F-7 Oh, Those Phones!
December 7 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
Residential & Student Life
Should you embrace technology or ban it? How do you find a balance? How do you keep kids off their tech 24/7. Engage in a discussion of how spaces, academics, and social programming can help us find balance.
Amber Goupil, Director of Student Life Programs, Perkiomen School, PA
Mark Devey, Headmaster, Perkiomen School, PA
Shaun Yorgey, Director of Academic Institutes, Perkiomen School, PA

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